New Girl Scout cookie might be more nutritious, but…

The Girl Scout’s annual cookie sale is in full swing and I have been solicited by at least four scouts wanting to sell me cookies. The cookies are not part of my diet plan, but I want to help the girls out. So far I have bought 6 boxes of the yummy confections.

Cranberry Citrus Crisps

Cranberry Citrus Crisps

But let’s face it. They aren’t as good as they used to be.

“It’s all about the cause; it’s not about the cookie.” Yes, I know that.

The cookies are actually baked by ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers and then distributed by Girl Scouts all over the country. Some cookies, like Thank you Berry Munch and Chocolate Chip Shortbread (Gluten-free)  are only available on the East coast, while others are only available farther west, like the Cranberry Citrus Crisps.

Being the cookie connoisseur that I am, I had to taste a few of the new cookies to see what they were like. They are being called  “a more nutritious cookie” because they are made with 9 grams of whole wheat. The rest of the ingredients are: Whole grain wheat flour, enriched flour  (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, canola oil, dried cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), malt syrup (from corn and barley), invert sugar, natural flavor, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, salt, monocalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, distilled monoglycerides (BHT and citric acid added as antioxidants). I recognize a few of the ingredients; salt, cranberries, sugar, baking soda… (what the heck is monocalcium phosphate?)

Let’s face it; a cookie is a cookie, no matter how it is marketed. For the four cookies I ate, I consumed 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 26 carbs, 70 grams of sodium, and 10 grams of sugars (yes-it’s not a typo-the sugar is plural). I take that  to mean there are other kinds of sugar in my Cranberry Citrus Crisps. I had to spend 15 minutes on the elliptical machine to burn off those four cookies.

I’m not knocking Girl Scout Cookies; I just wish they wouldn’t jump on the “wholesome goodness” bandwagon and market the cookies as something that is good for you. **Sigh**

I really wish there was such a thing as a no calorie, no carb, no fat, cookie that actually tasted good.

I will continue to buy Girl Scout cookies because I believe in the organization and I know that the money they make allows the girls to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to do.

My granddaughter, Isabelle, was able to see “The Nutcracker” ballet in Davenport over the holidays because of the money they made last year. They also use the money for community projects and activities that raise the confidence and self-esteem of young girls.

But back to the Cranberry Citrus Crisps.; they are kind of chewy, kind of bland, but overall, they satisfied my sweet tooth. As someone who can’t do anything in moderation, I did not feel like I had to eat the whole box of these cookies.

But to be honest, the Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies are still my favorites.

It’s not just about the cookies

My granddaughter, Isabelle, is selling Girl Scout cookies for the first time.

Just a few of the 11 kinds of Girl Scout Cookies for sale this year-Unfortunately, some cookies may not be available in all areas. (Photo Illustration by Cynthia Petersen)

Just a few of the 11 kinds of Girl Scout Cookies for sale this year-Unfortunately, some cookies may not be available in all areas. (Photo Illustration by Cynthia Petersen)

Isabelle is a Daisy, which is a much younger version of a Girl Scout, and though they might be a little young to fully understand the skills they are learning, they still get to sell the cookies.

Selling the cookies teach the scouts skills that will help them throughout their entire lives. People skills, money management, and business ethics are just a few of the skills they can learn through the program.

One little girl from New York found out the hard way why the Girl Scouts don’t sell their cookie online. She set up a website and sold 700 boxes before girl Scout officials caught wind of what she was doing. the officials stated that selling cookies online gave the little girl an unfair advantage over other Girl Scouts and didn’t teach scouts the skills that the program promotes.

Some parents have questioned the safety of going door-to-door, as the scouts have done since the annual cookie program began, almost 100 years ago. Officials state they have always maintained that scouts need a parent with them or go as a group when selling cookies door-to-door.

Though the girls are encouraged to sell their cookies themselves, parents still jump in to help (as they always have), selling them at their workplace, and to friends and family members.

There have been a variety of cookies throughout the years. Some have gone away, but a few have remained popular; Carmel DeLites, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties are just a few that remain popular.

The new cookie this year is Mango Cremes, enriched with Nurtifusion, has raised concerns with some critics. The company that bakes the Girl Scout cookies, ABC Smart Cookies, says this about the new cookie:

“A Tasty Treat with Major Vitamins!”

“We all want to eat with health in mind. Now, you can in a delicious new way with our Mango Cremes with NutriFusion™ Girl Scout Cookies.

Close your eyes, take a bite, and feel like you’re on a tropical island. Mango Cremes combine a crispy cookie with the taste of mango. No trans fats, hydrogenated oils, or preservatives—just pure island delight!

These tangy, refreshing tropical treats are packed with great taste AND vitamins! Crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies feature a mango-flavored creme filling with all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries!”

One critic said they made it sound like a fruit salad while another accused the organization of false advertising by misleading  the public into thinking that the cookies are healthy. However, officials defend their cookies, stating that was not their intention and had ABC Bakers develop a cookie that promote a healthier lifestyle. If you eat cookies, why not eat one with much-needed vitamins? (by the way, according to the baking company, there are no chemicals in the product; it is 100 percent natural, made up of dehydrated and powdered fruits and vegetables.)

I still wish they would bring back one cookie that was introduced when my girls were scouts in the ’90s. Though I can’t remember the name, I recall that it was a thin maple-flavored cookie, just a little on the crunchy side.

Oh, well; I guess I’ll just have to settle for the Carmel DeLites.

A complete list of cookies the Girl Scouts sell can be found online.